How does the path to becoming a plastic surgeon differ from that of a general surgeon?
Recently, I've been intrigued by a fascinating and controversial career: plastic/reconstructive surgeon. How does the path toward becoming a plastic surgeon differ from someone aspiring to be a general surgeon? And what does this journey entail? It has always haunted me on whether there is any initial difference between the two career paths or does this difference occur later on in residency?
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There are several different paths into plastic surgery. All involve doing some amount of time in general surgery. You will have time to figure out the different paths when in medical school. Good Luck!
1. 6 year integrated plastic surgery residency (you focus on plastics the entire time)
2. 5 years of general surgery (all types of surgery) followed by a 3 year plastic surgery fellowship
Both prepare you very well to become a plastic surgeon.